Unless Roy Hodgson guides England to the final of Euro 2016, it’s highly probable the Three Lions’ 3-2 triumph in Germany will be remembered as the high point of his tenure at the helm.
After staring what would have been a wholly undeserved 2-0 defeat dead in the eyes, England rallied to claim the spoils, with Eric Dier’s injury-time header sealing the deal in Berlin.
For a nation whose unwaveringly high expectations ensure triumphs such as this are few and far between, beating – and entirely outplaying – the world champions on their own patch has to go down as one of the Three Lions greatest 21st century achievements.
Spirits will undoubtedly be high for the midweek visit of the Netherlands for another Euro 2016 warm up fixture in light of this momentous win. The out-of-sorts Oranje failed to qualify for the aforementioned tournament and, after seeing their heroes overcome Germany, England supporters will be flooding to get their money on the 31/50-rated hosts.
But before you take a chunk out of junior’s university savings, consider the fortunes of the Three Lions in the aftermath of their most famous victories, reminiscent of the day after the Lord Mayor’s show.
England 1-0 Argentina – World Cup 2002
A tearful David Beckham banished his self-spawned demons of 1998 with the winning penalty over La Albiceleste in Sapporo.
Victory over Nigeria in the following fixture would’ve guaranteed England top spot in their group, which would’ve meant avoiding eventual winners Brazil in the last-16. However, after expending all their efforts in overcoming the South Americans, they laboured to a goalless draw to finish second and were promptly eliminated.
Germany 1-5 England – World Cup 2002 qualifier
A 2-0 victory over group whipping boys Albania followed arguably the greatest England win since the World Cup final of 1966, but the final match of the campaign, at home to Greece, was anything but routine.
Injury-time Beckham heroics were required to salvage the 2-2 draw that prevented what would have been an embarrassing play-off to qualify for Japan and South Korea.
England 1-0 Germany – Euro 2000
Hopes of quarter-final-qualification were kept alive thanks to Alan Shearer’s winner against the old enemy.
Kevin Keegan’s side would’ve advanced from the group stage had they not lost 3-2 against Romania in the following match.
England 4-1 Netherlands – Euro 1996
A talented Dutch outfit containing many of Ajax’s Champions League winners from the 1994/95 season were decimated at Wembley, but it proved to be England’s last win of the tournament they hosted.
Spain, who had failed to win two of three group games, took them to penalties after a goalless draw. The Three Lions prevailed, but were ejected via a shootout against semi-final foes Germany after a 1-1 stalemate was played out.
This miserable stretch of results means the Netherlands must be backed at 15/4 ahead of the sides’ upcoming locking of horns.